Evidence for conceptual change in approaches to teaching

Article de revue


État de publication: Publiée (2019 )

Nom de la revue: Teaching in Higher Education

ISBN: 1356-2517

URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2019.1680537

Résumé: The present study takes a novel quantitative approach to examine whether the change mechanisms hypothesized by conceptual change theories are involved in reconceptualizing teaching from a teacher-centred to a student-centred approach. We assessed changes in approaches to teaching, measured with the Approaches to Teaching Inventory-Revised (ATI-R), in emerging higher education faculty (N = 99) after a professional learning seminar. Latent variable analyses revealed coherent and interpretable changes in the underlying factor structure of the ATI-R, with students demonstrating more differentiated teacher-centred and student-centred concepts after the intervention. These changes are interpreted as a structural revision of approaches to teaching, consistent with conceptual change theories. Our observations not only support the importance of conceptual change in approaches to teaching but point to change mechanisms so that professional learning programmes may explicitly target them mechanisms to effect these desired changes.